Stories

Read the latest news and stories from the D.C. Region community.

 

 

Education & Issues
By Jessica Fregni
July 10, 2018
As more companies recognize the importance of diversity in the workplace, TFA alums are helping to bring DEI training to companies and organizations.
Alumni
July 9, 2018
Justin Borroto (DC Region ‘16) is a geometry teacher at Ballou High School in Washington, DC. He shows that providing a great education is about believing in your students and all they can achieve.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
June 11, 2018
When the criminal justice system snares the victims of human trafficking, Amy Martoche uses her judicial powers not to incarcerate them, but to give them a new start.
One Day
By Paula Ann Solis
June 11, 2018
From a nun who uses Snapchat to connect with believers to a lawyer who fights for Muslims’ constitutional rights, these alums put faith at the center of all they do.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
June 8, 2018
Inside TFA
May 31, 2018
Shaneequa Castle teaches 10th grade English at Potomac High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Shaneequa values learning constantly about her students and how she can better serve them. Her drive to improve her students’ educational experience and to help them grow as people beyond the classroom are just some of the qualities that make her an incredible educator.
Alumni
May 17, 2018
Camille Sanchez (DC Region ’15) is an algebra teacher and Ready for Work Fellow at High Point High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
One Day
By Paula Ann Solis
May 17, 2018
Camps for Navajo youth, art classes for distressed undocumented families, and sex education via phones. Meet the finalists for Teach For America's 2018 Social Innovation Awards.
Inside TFA
May 10, 2018
Marissa Miars (D.C. Region ’16) is an Early Childhood Education teacher at Ingenuity Prep. In her classroom, Marissa encourages positivity and curiosity. Together, she and her students are building a love of learning that will stay with them beyond her class. Marissa was also recently accepted into the Graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Johns Hopkins and will start in the fall! Thanks, Marissa, for all of your hard work, and congratulations!
Inside TFA
April 26, 2018
Corina Ramos (DC ‘16) is from Tinton Falls, New Jersey and teaches Spanish at Fairmont Heights High School in Prince George’s County. As a Spanish teacher, is proudest when her students can be fully immersed in Spanish – and to help get them there, she reinforces their lessons through co-created storytelling and games.
One Day
By Paula Ann Solis
April 25, 2018
From wildfires to royal weddings—she does it all without skipping a beat (or tweet).
Inside TFA
April 12, 2018
Julia Crusor (DC ’16) is a 6th grade English teacher at Oxon Hill Middle School and is originally from Cheverly, Maryland. She is a dedicated teacher and social justice advocate; not only does Julia take the time to introduce her students to pressing issues in our community, but she also creates a safe space for students to practice respectful discourse. Read more about Julia here:
Alumni
April 5, 2018
“Parents say things like, ‘I wish I had this type of start.’”
Inside TFA Students & Communities
March 22, 2018
Sapna Singh (DC ’16) is a corps member from Herndon, Virginia, and teaches English at Ingenuity Prep, a public charter school in Washington, DC. As a teacher, Sapna enhances her students’ experience in the classroom with games and crafts, and shows us that though teaching is a challenge, that there is always room for fun. Read more about Sapna and her work in the region:
Alumni
March 8, 2018
Leslie A. Jones (Los Angeles '91), teacher of 27 years, is a mentor to students, a figurehead in the alumni community, and an advocate for equity in and out of the classroom. Leslie was kind enough to answer some of our questions about her experience in TFA, her love of teaching, and her experience as a proponent of educational equity.
Inside TFA Students & Communities
February 26, 2018
Marcus Smith is a DC Region 2016 corps member originally from Illinois. He teaches Kindergarten at Achievement Prep in Washington DC, Ward 8! We talked with Marcus to ask him a few questions about his experience as a corps member, here’s what he had to say:
One Day
By Mary Jo Madda
February 20, 2018
Alumni experts—teachers and pros working in tech—have a few things they’d like each other to know.
Education & Issues
December 13, 2017
In a recent episode of the Fordham Institute's podcast, Education Gadfly, Alyssa Schwenk (D.C. Region '10) interviews Elisa Villanueva Beard to discuss whether TFA has moved to the left politically and educationally, and why it's more important than ever to bring together a diverse group of leaders.
Inside TFA
By The TFA Editorial Team
November 15, 2017
The alumni on the latest Forbes list are leaders in a range of fields: education, entrepreneurship, media, and law.
One Day
By Leah Fabel
September 22, 2017
As the leaves change and the temperatures drop, take an hour to cozy up with a book from our list of recommended reading.